WHAT IS ACCELERATED READER (AR)?
AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor
children's independent reading practice. Your child picks a
book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When
finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer.
(Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood
what was read.) AR gives both children and teachers feedback
based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help
your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
AR QUARTERLY AND YEARLY DEADLINES
Each student should check with their teacher to learn their
quarterly and yearly deadlines.
WEB-BASED AR PROGRAM
The Technology Committee purchased a web-based version of
Accelerated Reader (AR) called Renaissance
Place. This software provides our students, teachers, and
parents with some features that will greatly enhance the reading
and learning experience. Here are a few of the compelling new
- Students have access to over 120,000 AR quizzes (versus only
8000 in the past).
- Parents can view their child's goals, quiz results, and overall
progress from any computer with internet access.
- Users can perform advanced searches for AR books using title,
author, book level, and/or interest level criteria.
- Parents can specify up to six email addresses to receive
updates of student progress via email.
- Teachers can activate voice enabled quizzes that will read the
quizzes to students who may need some assistance.
We are very excited about the opportunities presented by this
new product. We hope you will take time to help your children
select appropriate books and encourage them to reach the goals
their teachers have set. We appreciate your support as we continue
to find new ways to use technology to enhance the education of our
the right books for your child to read is easier than ever.
Just visit www.arbookfind.com to access AR
BookFinder. With a few clicks of a mouse, you can search
for titles at the appropriate level that your child will
find interesting and enjoyable. Encourage your child to search
for books as well.
Once your child has found a book he likes, simply select the
book and add it to the AR BookBag. This is basically an
online book list that can be viewed and printed, then taken to
your local library for use in checking out new books to
The new Home
Connect feature of Renaissance Place is one of the
most exciting elements of the product. It puts control into
the hands of the parents and allows them to monitor their
child's progress from any computer with internet access.
Parents can go online and view goals, average % correct,
total number of points earned, and average book level. Parents
can also view a list of every quiz a child has taken along
with their score. Parents can even choose to receive email
updates whenever a child has taken a quiz showing the results.
Enter the following web address on any
internet-based computer to watch an interactive video tutorial
about Home Connect and find out more about the active role parents
can play in their child's reading:
Home Connect Tutorial
When you are ready to access Home
Connect to view your child's scores, go to:
and enter your child's user name and password which will be
provided by your child's teacher.
AR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Want to learn
more about AR? Download the Renaissance Place manual called "A Parent's Guide to Accelerated Reader."
Still have questions about the AR program? Please take a moment to